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  • 06/11/2012 9:53 AM | Sue Beckwith (Administrator)
    The TOFGA booth at the GreenExpo in Bastrop County this weekend was terrific!  We had lots of booth visitors and all were very interested in our work educating producers and consumers in Texas!  
  • 06/05/2012 2:52 PM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has posted a new webinar aimed at the new farmer:
    "Farm Finances: Organizing and Understanding Your Numbers"  You may find it at:

    https://attra.ncat.org/webinars/.
  • 05/10/2012 1:27 PM | Trish Percy TOFGA Region 4 Director (Administrator)

     5-10 acres of lakefront property on Cedar Creek Lake, includes a brand new 1 bedroom apartment, on site, as well as equipment. The owner is willing to establish a lease agreement for a farm manager interested in bringing this land into production. No chemicals/pesticides have been used on this property for the last 5-7 years. Very fertile sandy loam soil. The property is 54 miles from downtown Dallas, and would be ideal for bringing produce to market in Balch Springs, Ennis, Waxahachie, Corsicana or Dallas. A local vineyard and the lake community are also interested in fresh farm products. Acreage is part of a larger tract of 100 total acres that may be available as well.

    For more information, contact Mark Envani at 214-914-6012 or menvani@gmail.com. Serious inquiries only.

     

    For photos of the property, click here.

     

  • 05/04/2012 3:37 PM | Justin Duncan TOFGA Region 5 Director (Administrator)

    Prairie View A&M International Goat Research Center Celebrates 30 Years

    PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Prairie View A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Human Sciences is celebrating two major events on May 5, 2012undefinedthe 30th year existence of the International Goat Research Center and the 28th Annual Goat Field Day. These events will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension building on campus followed by workshops and exhibits held at the renowned PVAMU International Goat Research Center (IGRC). Moving on to the Next 30 Years is the focus of the 2012 program.

    “For the past 30 years the International Goat Research Center has engaged goat producers in Texas and provided them with information, practical workshops and a chance to interact with our staff to help determine directions for our College of Agriculture and Human Sciences research and extension programs,” said Dr. Gary Newton, director of the IGRC. “We plan to carry on this tradition.”

    Topics for the 2012 Goat Field Day include: Current Status of the Meat and Dairy Goat Industry, Diseases of Pregnant Goats, Internal Parasites in Goats, Protecting your Goats with Guardian Dogs, and many more. Experts from agriculture centers and universities throughout Texas and Louisiana will be in attendance, sharing a wealth of knowledge.

    Special activities are also planned for young people eight years old and under.

    The program’s opening session starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Cooperative Extension building. Registration fee for adults and youth, ages nine years and older, is $10. Registration fee for youth eight years and under is free. Fees cover the costs of lunch and program materials.

    Registration materials should be sent to IGRC Field Day, P.O. Box 519, Mailstop #2008, Prairie View, Texas, 77446. Interested persons can register at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7djgqxg1olcy7bj/PVGoatDay2012.pdf.

    For more information contact Scott Horner, research specialist, Cooperative Extension Program, (936) 261-5087, email, sdhorner@pvamu.edu or visit http://www.facebook.com/pvcooperativeextension.

  • 04/27/2012 1:33 PM | Anonymous
    I'd like for TOFGA administration to send out e-blasts to all members on actionable items such as the following: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/organicfood/action/index.htm

    This vitally concerns us all, and we have until May 3rd to make comments to
    the The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  We're out of business if our standards don't mean anything to the public.
  • 04/24/2012 1:13 PM | Sue Beckwith

    Deadline is June 1, 2012 - Organic farmers and farmers who are transitioning to an organic operation have until June 1 to apply for a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program that can help them pay for conservation measures. And the National Center for Appropriate Technology's ATTRA program staff can help them meet the deadline.

    NRCS has up to $50 million dollars to award in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The program is a significant opportunity for organic and transitioning organic farmers to get financial assistance to implement conservation practices that are consistent with organic production practices.

    Some of the practices that NRCS has identified as being beneficial to organic producers include the following:

    • Irrigation and water management, including such items as efficient irrigation upgrades, irrigation scheduling, and tailwater recovery systems
    • Grazing management, such as fencing, stockwater systems, and range and pasture planting
    • Nutrient management, including manure-storage structures, planned nutrient applications, and soil testing
    • Pest management, including crop- and pest-monitoring activities and planned pesticide applications
    • Erosion control, such as grade-control structures, diversions, and water- and sediment-control basins
    • Wildlife-habitat enhancement, such as stream buffers, fish screens, fish passage, and upland wildlife-habitat establishment

    EQIP funding is competitive; however, there is a significant amount of funds still available just weeks before the deadline.

    If you need more information on applying for EQIP funds, check the ATTRA progrm website at https://attra.ncat.org/eqip/ for details  or call our the English-language ATTRA toll-free hotline at 800-346-9140 or the Spanish-language ATTRA hotline at 800-411-3222.

  • 04/18/2012 6:22 PM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    Sustaining Our Food, Sustaining Our Future
    Thursday and Friday, May 10-11
    Madison High School's Agriscience Magnet Program
    5005 Stahl Road
    San Antonio, TX
    
    The conference will consist of three tracks, focusing on Producers and  
    Markets, Community Food Systems, and Policy. Presentations will  
    include Community Garden Initiatives, Food Waste Recovery, Federal and  
    State Food Policies, and Food Justice.
    
    Mark Winne will keynote the conference with a presentation on May 10.  
    He is the author of Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’  
    Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture and Closing  
    the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. Winne is co- 
    founder of a number of food and agriculture policy groups including  
    the City of Hartford Food Policy Commission, the Connecticut Food  
    Policy Council, End Hunger Connecticut, and the national Community  
    Food Security Coalition.
    
    Talk and Book Signing
    If you can't attend the conference but would still like to hear  
    keynote speaker Mark Winne, he will also be speaking at St. Mark's  
    Episcopal Church, 315 E. Pecan, San Antonio, at 7 p.m. Wednesday May  
    9. Call the church office, 210 226-2426 to RSVP.
    
    Both of his books will be available soon at The Twig Book Shop and the  
    St. Mark's Bookstore, and will be sold at the conference.
    
  • 03/20/2012 11:38 AM | Chris Higgins
    Hort Americas, LLC based in Fort Worth Texas is looking for partners to trial new organic fertilizers.

    Please contact chiggins@hortamericas.com if interested.
  • 03/15/2012 8:44 AM | Justin Duncan TOFGA Region 5 Director (Administrator)

    1890 Medicinal Herb Program

    March 15, 2011

    Reminder:

    The Cooperative Extension Program will be having a horticulture educational program at the  Girls Scout Hut @ 6p.m.-9:00p.m ( 110 Tapp Park, New Boston, TX 75570).   The educational event will educate local gardeners and growers about growing medicinal herbs. The program also going to touch on health issues on diabetes and other health related problems. Local gardeners that are planning to attend the horticulture program are encouraged to invite a guest and the Bowie County Master Gardeners are welcome to bring food to this special event. 

    If you need more information about this upcoming event need to contact the Bowie County Cooperative Extension Office 903-628-6702.  Participants that may need special arrangement due to physical disabilities etc… need to call the Cooperation office four days prior to this event.

    The educational program conducted by the Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension serve people of all ages regardless of socio-economic level, race, color, religion, handicap or national origin.

    Agenda:

    6p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ---------Herbs and Health--------- Mr. Justin Duncan, Prairie View A&M Greenhouse Manager

    Adjourn: 9:00 p.m.

    Mr. Brandon Hawkins, MS Ad.Ed

    Extension Agent-CEP (AGNR)

    Prairie View A&M University

    Bowie County Extension Office

    710 James Bowie Drive

    New Boston, TX 75570

    903-628-6702

  • 03/14/2012 11:24 AM | Justin Duncan TOFGA Region 5 Director (Administrator)

    1890 BOWIE COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET

    June 2, 2012

    1890 Bowie County Farmers’ Market

    Greetings: Locals & Producers

    The 1890 Bowie County Farmer Market will take place on June 2nd, Saturday @ 8:30am-1pm, at the Texas & Pacific Railhead Park Pavilion in downtown New Boston, TX on US HWY 82 just past HWY 8.  Stay on HWY 82 to the traffic light and you will see the Pavilion. If coming on down I-30, take the HWY 8 exit to New Boston and turn left on HWY 8, follow HWY 8 to just before US HWY 82 before the overpass.  Turn right at the stop sign and you will see the Pavilion on your left.

    For local fruit & vegetable producers from the ArkLaTex region who want to set-up their stands, need to come earlier as 7:35 am. There will be available space for everyone to set up their fruit & vegetable and cut flower stands.  The farmers’ market will also include educational conducted event or events about “finish products” utilizing fruits& vegetables.

    For more information contact the Prairie View A&M, Bowie County Extension Office (903) 628-6702 or University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Southwest Arkansas Small Farm Program (870) 774-0446.

    Mr. Brandon Hawkins                           Ms. Kandi Williams

    Extension Agent- CEP (AGNR)             University of Pine Bluff, Small Farm Program

    Prairie View A&M University               Silas H. Hunt CDC

    Bowie County Extension Office           301 Siebert Street

    710 James Bowie Drive                         Texarkana, Arkansas 71854

    New Boston, TX 75570                          (870) 774-0446

    (903) 628-6702

 

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